Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 20 April 2014

French plan to tax rich scaled back

Francois Hollande campaigned on a vow to impose the 75 per cent tax on the wealthy

The French government's plan to raise taxes on the wealthy is being radically scaled back after a second legal opinion said the proposed marginal rate of 75% was unfair.

France's highest court had already thrown out the 75% rate, and a high-level advisory council agreed.

The Socialist government on Friday said that under the decision the rate on those with incomes above one million euros (£850,000) could not exceed 60%.

French president Francois Hollande campaigned on a promise to impose the tax, despite criticism that it would do little to solve growing fiscal problems and would drive away the wealthiest citizens. The current top tax rate is 45%.

The government says it will introduce a new measure in response to the decision.

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